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Junior Research Fellow in Nineteenth-century United States History

Grade 7: £32,817-£40,322 p.a.

The Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College are seeking to recruit a Junior Research Fellow in Nineteenth-century United States History. The post is fixed-term for two years.

This is an opportunity for an early career historian to develop their own research and publications while also working with Professor Adam Smith to develop a new collaborative research project with a strong potential for external funding. The Research Fellow will have expertise related to the problem of political legitimacy in the nineteenth-century United States. For example, their research interests may include: the language, ideas or practice of politics; the intellectual history of the concept of political legitimacy; legal history; insurrections, riots and rebellions; or comparative or transnational perspectives on American political development. The Research Fellow will organise a seminar series at the RAI on a theme connected to their own research and also contribute more generally to the academic life of the Institute. The postholder will be a Junior Research Fellow of Mansfield College, which is immediately adjacent to the RAI, and is home to a strong and supportive group of historians.  The postholder will have full dining rights and membership of the Senior Common Room, welcomed and encouraged to participate in the life of the College, and asked to do up to two hours per week of tutorial teaching for Mansfield.

Alongside a completed, or close to completion, doctorate in a relevant subject, some undergraduate teaching experience and specialist knowledge in the areas of research specified, the Junior Research Fellow will have the ability to manage their own academic research and will have a least one research publication. Excellent communication skills, professionalism, and a proven track record of working with others are essential to the role, as is the ability to contribute ideas for a new research project. Experience of writing grant applications will be an advantage.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Adam Smith, RAI Director (

Applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and publications list with your application. The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 23 April 2021. Interviews are expected to be held via Teams in the week commencing 17 May 2021.

Further particulars and instructions on how to apply can be found on the Oxford University Jobs pages.